Returning to Campus: Covid-19 Information, Protocols and Policies
The health, safety, and well-being of our community are of paramount concern and guide all of our decision-making processes. Our decision to return to in-person instruction and services is informed by guidance issued from local, state, and federal public health authorities.
In August, the College will be open to all individuals who are employed by the college, prospective students, students registered for Fall 2021 classes, and individuals conducting official college business.
College personnel will monitor Covid-19 data and report the college infection rate to the President on a weekly basis.
The College is committed to providing regular communications and updates to the Brookdale community as information becomes available.
The College has opportunities for face-to-face, online, remote, and hybrid classes.
The decision to expand services (on-campus activities, opening up regional sites, and class offerings) will be based upon the below guidelines.
Returning classes to remote instruction and closing of campus will also follow guidance issued from local, state, and federal public health authorities, including:
We look forward to a safe return for everyone.
What to Expect When You Are On Campus:
- In accordance with CDC guidance for schools
- Universal and correct use of masks is required.
- Physical distancing (at least 6 feet) will be maximized to the greatest extent possible.
- Additional College Cleaning Protocols
- The campus will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to the start of the Fall 2021 Term. Overall guidance is provided by the State of New Jersey Department of Public Health: Updated COVID-19 Operational Considerations for Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures in College and University Settings for the Fall 2021 Term.
- Hand Sanitizers will be available at entrances, offices, and classrooms.
- Disposable wipes or spray disinfectant and paper towels will be available in all bathrooms, offices, classrooms, and other shared facilities for wiping down surfaces. Good hand hygiene (frequent hand washing with soap/water or alcohol-based sanitizer) is encouraged after the use of shared equipment and common areas.
- Signage has been installed to remind the college community to wash their hands frequently.
- Routine cleaning and spot disinfection of bathrooms and high-touch areas will take place at least twice daily.
- Custodial staff follows cleaning protocols in conformance with CDC guidelines using products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 and that are appropriate for the surface.
- Custodial staff will wipe down high-touch areas throughout the day.
- In places such as the library and open computer labs, where surfaces including computers and printers are handled by multiple users, it is strongly encouraged of each user to clean keyboards, mice, work surfaces, and any other equipment (printers, copiers) before and after each use. Disinfectant wipes will be available for students, faculty, and staff to wipe down shared surfaces.
- Other PPE Protocols
- Plexiglass shields have been installed in student-facing offices, security stations, and other high-traffic areas that have face-to-face contact.
- Culinary program students working in labs will follow the State’s guidelines for opening restaurants and will wear masks and gloves as required.
- Allied Health students will follow the requirements set forth by their clinical sites, including wearing KN95 or other approved masks, gloves, and gowns as appropriate. Prior to and after each session, each lab area, including medical equipment, will be cleaned. All surfaces and shared equipment will be disinfected with Disinfectant Wipes or an EPA-approved solution and paper towels.
- Art Program students will wear masks and gloves as appropriate.
- Facilities staff are following CDC guidelines.
What Happens If
- If there is a COVID-19 infection in an in-person class:
- Students and faculty in the class will be notified
- Any close contact individuals will be contacted separately by the Department of Health.
- Persons who have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact will be able to pivot to remote learning for the period of isolation or quarantine.
- IF I test positive:
- All individuals are encouraged to immediately inform the College if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Students should contact the AVP of Student Affairs, and employees should contact the AVP of Human Resources. The COVID Coordinator will contact the student or employee to request documentation of the positive case.
- Ten (10) day isolation period from the onset of symptoms, or in the case of asymptomatic persons, from the day the person tested positive. Return after 10 days is contingent upon the improvement of symptoms AND the absence of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- The College will call the local public health department to document the case and to share plans to address and seek additional guidance/referrals. The campus can provide daily attendance logs, etc. if helpful to the department in their contact tracing. A person who tested positive for COVID19 should also contact the health department.
- If faculty or staff working on campus test positive, or need to quarantine:
- Co-workers who are close contacts will be notified
- Any close contact individuals will be contacted separately by the Department of Health
- If the faculty member remains well enough to teach, the class will move to remote delivery until the faculty member can return to campus safely. Otherwise, a substitute will be assigned, and class will continue to meet on campus.
- Staff who have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact will be offered the opportunity to work remotely for the period of isolation or quarantine. If the person is ill and unable to work, the use of sick time will be expected.
- IF the College notices an upward trend of infection:
- Most classes will be pivoted to remote learning.
- Limited access to labs and hands on disciplines will be a priority to in-person classes.
- Brookdale’s COVID-19 response team (including facilities, communications, human resources, etc.) will implement steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.
- IF there is a shutdown of the State:
- Brookdale will follow the Governor’s instructions if a statewide shutdown is required.
- Brookdale will move to remote instruction if a shutdown occurs.
- We encourage all individuals to use the App Covid Alert NJ.
- If I have been identified as a close contact, or have travelled outside the tristate area:
- If you have been identified as a close contact, or you have travelled outside of NJ, and are not fully-vaccinated, you must complete fourteen (14)-day quarantine OR Ten (10)-day quarantine with negative RT-PCR test taken on day 8, 9, or 10. Test results must be presented to AVP of Student Affairs for students or AVP of HR for employees or contractors.
- IF I am fully vaccinated:
- If you have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks and you are asymptomatic, then no quarantine period is needed.
- COVID Update - Travel Advisory
Updated CDC Domestic Travel Guidance: As of April 2, 2021, the CDC advises that people who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States, specifically:
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to get tested before or after domestic travel, unless their destination requires it.
- Fully vaccinated travelers do not need to self-quarantine upon return from domestic travel.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna), or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).
If an individual does not meet these requirements, they are not fully vaccinated. If an individual is not fully vaccinated and must travel, the individual must follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people.
Fully vaccinated travelers should continue to:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
- Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
- Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel
- Isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms of COVID-19
- In August, the College is open to all individuals who are employed by the college, prospective students, registered for Fall 2021 class offerings, or official college business.
- On-campus student services will be provided by appointment only. Student services will also be available remotely, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.
- Student activities will host online programming and events for students to ensure student engagement out of the classroom.
- The Academic Support Services will be available remotely.
- Computer Labs will be open on a reduced schedule.
- Most library services are available online. The library will provide in-person services by appointment. Curbside pickup and return of library materials will continue.